The Admission Counselor serves as a member of the Admission team to recruit, admit, and enroll an academically talented and diverse class of students. The position will assist with various recruitment projects assigned according to previous experiences and departmental needs. Works closely with deans, counselors, operations team, campus partners, and secondary school counselors.
Represent Bates at in-person and virtual high school visits, college fairs, and other off- and on-campus recruiting events.
Manage geographic territories as assigned; coordinate 4 to 6 weeks of in-person and virtual travel per year; develop an annual recruitment plan and evaluate effectiveness of each activity; recommend improvements and changes in strategy as appropriate.
Work in pairs or as part of a team to evaluate first-year and transfer applications.
Lead on-campus and virtual information sessions and counsel families through the admission and financial aid process.
Engage with key constituents such as alumni, current students, high school counselors, and community-based organizations and respond to concerns or inquiries from prospective students, parents, college/guidance counselors, coaches, alumni/ae, and other constituents.
Collaborate with colleagues within Admission and across the college (i.e. Student Financial Services, Communications, Harward Center, Purposeful Work, Office of Intercultural Education, Athletics, etc).
Events Team: Serve as a member of the committee that organizes all on-campus programs (Summer Open Houses (2), Fall Open House, Prologue to Bates (2), BBC Counselor Tour, MLK Day, Mount David Summit, Admitted Student Receptions (2), and Maine Day/Junior Open House).
Yield Team: Collaborate with the Admission Events, Communications, Alumni in Admission, and Students in Admission teams to develop and implement a multi-layered yield plan that incorporates on- and off-campus events; email, print, social media communication; and outreach from students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
Attend designated in-person/virtual conferences or other professional development activities.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Admission or the Vice President of Enrollment & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
Bachelor's degree required.
0-1 year of experience (after graduating from college) in admission or in a student/customer service, academic, and/or non-profit setting is preferred but not required.
Familiarity with the academic environment and higher education, preferably the liberal arts.
Skills and Knowledge
Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
Excellent communication (written, verbal, and presentation) skills. Experience in digital/video media is a plus, but not required.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Impeccable organizational (time, task, project management) skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Strong interpersonal skills (a sense of humor is a plus) with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must approach work with collaboration and nimbleness.
Genuine curiosity about the world, particularly higher education and issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Proficiency in basic computer applications (e.g., Google Suite, Microsoft Office).
Basic data management system and/or CRM proficiency (e.g. Slate) is preferred, but not required.
Willingness and ability to learn additional technology applications and systems as needed.
Ability and willingness to travel (by air, bus, car, or train) domestically for four to six weeks, concentrated in the fall and spring.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a selective liberal arts college.
Valid driver's license required.
Benefits: Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 13 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at email@example.com.
Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.